Welcome to Historic Downtown Truth or Consequences
Located at 211 Main Street in the heart of the city, Geronimo Springs Museum is Sierra County’s go-to destination for locals and visitors alike to delve into the area’s rich history.. Open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 12-4pm, this fascinating museum welcomes thousands of curious minds each year.
A Namesake: Geronimo Springs Museum
The museum is a tribute to Sierra County’s prehistoric, ancient and more recent past, with its name honoring the Chiricahua Apache leader, Geronimo, who frequented the area’s now world-famous hot springs. It’s more than a museum; it’s a journey through time, dating back to the dinosaur age.
First Up: A Meeting with Giants
As you step into the Geronimo Springs Museum, you’re greeted by imposing mastodon skulls found in the area. It’s a glimpse into an age long forgotten, when these magnificent beasts roamed the land that we now know as New Mexico. These skulls are also a reminder that, even today, such prehistoric treasures are still being unearthed in Sierra County, with the most recent being a 10-million-year-old mastodon skeleton discovered in 2014.
Diverse Collections: A Time Capsule of Ancient Cultures
Rocks & Minerals
Geronimo Springs Museum is home to an extensive collection of rocks and minerals, all beautifully displayed and labeled. Plus, enter a black, curtained room to experience a spectacular black-light presentation of rocks that glow under the light, with colors ranging from greens and blues to pinks, purples and reds.
This splendid museum proudly showcases one of the nation’s most extensive collections of Mogollon Mimbres, Chaco, Cibola and and NortherJornada pottery, dating from A.D. 200 to A.D. 1350. One can only marvel at these exquisite artifacts, which include pots, ladles, toys and miniatures. Each piece, with its intricate designs and exquisite craftsmanship, narrates the story of a civilization that thrived in this region.
Visitors will also find an extensive arrowhead collection, artfully displayed in cases as well as framed arrowhead presentations resembling beautiful kaleidoscope patterns. Some of these sharp, pointed treasures date back thousands of years.
Mining History: The Black Range Cabin
Transporting you to the era of gold rushes and mining camps is an authentic, full-sized miner’s log cabin from the Black Range Mountains. As you explore the cabin, you’ll come across various mining relics, a stove, kitchen utensils and much more, providing an intimate look into the lives of those who once searched for fortune in the hills.
Ranching in Sierra County
With nearly three million acres of ranch land and a long history of cattle ranchers, Sierra County’s ranching industry is inextricably woven into the county’s history, brought to life in Geronimo Springs Museum. Indoor displays include dramatic paintings, saddles, hats, tools and more. A chuck wagon, farm equipment and a windmill are on display on the museum grounds.
Native American History
For generations, Native Americans frequented the area we now call Sierra County, often to enjoy the soothing relief of the area’s hot springs. Among them was Geronimo, who is remembered with a large display that includes a life-size likeness of this famed Apache warrior whose name is immortalized in the name of the museum. Along with the pottery and arrowhead collections mentioned earlier, the Native American exhibits include blankets, baskets, photos and other life-sized likenesses.
The Ralph Edwards Room: A Tribute to a Unique Legacy
The museum also houses the Ralph Edwards Room, dedicated to the history of the Truth or Consequences quiz show and the story behind the city of Hot Springs accepting a dare from Ralph Edwards to change the name of their city to Truth or Consequences. This exhibit includes an episode from the show, photographs and other memorabilia, including an entire room featuring Fiesta, an annual event attended yearly for decades by Ralph Edwards and several movie stars.
The Museum Gift Shop: Something for Everyone
Before concluding your visit, make sure to wander through the gift shop, which offers a wide range of souvenirs, including jewelry, books, t-shirts, and collectibles, perfect reminders of your journey through time at Geronimo Springs Museum.
Conclusion: A Must-Visit Destination
Geronimo Springs Museum is more than a repository of artifacts; it’s a timeless journey through the history of Sierra County. It’s a treasure waiting to be discovered, one that enriches the understanding of the area’s heritage through its captivating exhibits and collections. We invite you to delve into this journey, relish in the unique stories of our rich and colorful past, and depart with lasting memories from this immersive experience.